GINGER SPICE OPENS UP 13-YEAR-OLD YEAR WITH WIN
Ginger Spice, now 13 to Northern Hemisphere time, has managed a win first-up for the year in a $4200 fillies and mares pace on the half-mile track at Freehold, New Jersey, on Friday (NZ time).
The Tinted Cloud-Secret Spice mare, bred in NZ by the late Paul Nixon, and Rod Limbrick, was sold out of the Cran Dalgety stable seven years ago after winning six of 24 NZ starts for $45,411.
She’s shown good longevity in North America, taking a1:52.8 mile best.
Ginger Spice, a year-older half-sister to The Silk Road (1:55.1, Aust), only had 14 starts last year, winning three for around $10,000 in stakes.
Her contribution can’t be denied. She’s taken her career earnings over $200,000 with 17 lifetime wins.
Former top Kentuckiana Lodge mare Bettor Joy, who won $248,876 last year in North America from five wins in 14 starts, resumed from a layoff with a top second from the outside gate at Dover Downs, Delaware, on Thursday (NZ time).
The Bettor’s Delight mare closed well for driver Tim Tetrick to run front-running winner Moments Of Joy to a head in 1:53 in a $25,000 fillies and mares pace.
Another former Canterbury mare in Delishka held on for third after trailing the winner, a length and a half away.